ELC Hillsborough to Help Set Reading Record

Quackers is the word for the day on October 19, 2017 all across Hillsborough County. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is spearheading a local Read for the Record® event which will impact over 11,584 children in Hillsborough County. Read more…

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ELCHC Opens Book Garden

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) opened the Book Garden to the Community Thursday, August 24th. The Book Garden was made possible through the efforts of Drew Valenti, a recent graduate of Jesuit High School who completed more than 700 community service hours before his senior year was completed.  Valenti received the Tampa […]

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ELCHC Benefits from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Community Hero Program

Since 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes program has honored 271 Community Heroes, giving $13.65 million through 557 gifts to 380 unique charities. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County’s (ELCHC) Board Chair, Aakash Patel, joins Elizabeth Frazier, Vice President of Community Initiatives & Philanthropy  of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the set of […]

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Community Hero, Drew Valenti, Donates $25,000 for Book Garden

Recent high school senior, Drew Valenti, completed more than 700 hours of community services before graduating last May. Valenti was  nominated and won the Tampa Bay Lightening’s Community Hero award. Drew was awarded $50,000 in which he donated $25,000 to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC).   See full interview here…

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Who’s watching your child?

If you’re a time-crunched working parent, you know how important it is to find childcare that you can rely on. But, how do you really know who’s watching your children? More than half of children under 5 years old are at… <Read More>

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OPINION: Early Childhood Education: Preparing Today’s Children for the Future

In the fall of 2016, over 15,500 new kindergarten students enrolled in public schools throughout Hillsborough County. During the first 30 days of the school year, a basic readiness assessment completed on the kindergarten students found that only about one-half of the students were ready to read. Sadly, across the state a similar situation exists, […]

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